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Real Madrid star Rodrygo 'knows' Liverpool interest after transfer clarification

Rodygo during the final Real Madrid training session before the Champions League final at Wembley.
-Credit: (Image: Photo by Antonio Villalba/Real Madrid via Getty Images)


When it comes to transfer priorities this summer, Liverpool needs a center-back above all else. But it would do no harm for Arne Slot to have an additional forward to call upon next season as well.

Ahead of the Champions League final, the Spanish outlet SPORT (print edition via Paisley Gates) has reported that Real Madrid star Rodrygo is 'aware' of interest from Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal. However, he is happy enough to stay with Carlo Ancelotti's side and has sought to clarify that.

With Kylian Mbappe set to move to Real Madrid and Brazilian wonderkid Endrick also set to arrive this summer, the La Liga giant is more than well-stocked in its attacking department. For that reason, it is said that Rodrygo has not completely ruled out an exit, even if he has been a key component of the side this season.

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If he were to leave, Real Madrid would demand a huge sum of money potentially a club-record fee for Liverpool for the winger, who has so far netted 17 goals and provided nine assists this season. His price tag is expected to be at least $108m (£85m/€100m) if Rodrygo does indeed make an exit.

That would be the same amount as what Darwin Nunez will cost the Reds if all the add-ons in the deal that saw him arrive from Benfica are triggered.

Last week, comments from Rodrygo emerged where he appeared to be non-commital on staying put at Real Madrid, further adding fuel to the fire when it comes to a possible transfer. But he quickly rowed back on what he had been quoted as saying.

"To be very direct, I am very happy at Real Madrid," the 23-year-old confirmed. "I live a dream every day and it doesn't cross my mind to leave the club of my life. Now we still have history to make [in the Champions League final]."

Liverpool.com says: We'll be cheering on Borussia Dortmund later this evening but it seems like an uphill task for Jurgen Klopp's former side to come out on top against Real Madrid. Even if Dortmund were to take the lead, you would fancy Carlo Ancelotti's men to find a way to get over the line. Liverpool has first-hand experience of that unacceptance of losing in major games.